Irene LeFebvre, president of the New Jersey School Boards Association, reminds board members that the NJSBA has opportunities for volunteer service on standing committees and task forces, as well as on occasional ad hoc committees that are formed for a limited term to consider a specific issue or project. Board members can also volunteer to serve as a small group leader for training programs such as new board member orientation or leadership programs.

“We encourage board members to get involved in the statewide Association, and we welcome the experience, expertise and viewpoints of those from all types of districts — large and small; urban, suburban and rural — and from throughout the state,” LeFebvre said.

Committee vacancies occur sporadically, and the terms of the appointments can vary from a few months to three years. Most standing committees have a fixed number of members, and some may have special requirements for membership.

NJSBA strives to appoint members who are interested, well-qualified and free from bias or conflict of interest, and everyone with a desire to serve is urged to apply.

Additional standards of selection may include an applicant’s expertise and experience in the committee subject matter, fresh perspective, communications skills, knowledge of the diverse community, availability, ethical standards and other relevant factors.

To ensure an open process to fill committee slots or other volunteer commitments, NJSBA has posted a member volunteer application that asks for contact and basic information. Complete the volunteer form here.

For questions, contact Janet Bamford, the NJSBA’s chief public affairs officer.